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Ontario's Greenest Education Centres to receive new EcoCentre Certification

Jan 24, 2012


For Immediate Release

Toronto, Ontario - January 24, 2012 - Toronto and Region Conservation and Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology will celebrate the achievement of 13 newly certified EcoCentres in Ontario. The Ontario EcoCentres program is a new program designed to help education centres address the issue of climate change and reduce their carbon footprint.



Ontario's Greenest Education Centres Certification Ceremony


Thursday, January 26, 2012


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
3:30 - Formal presentations
4:00 - Photo ops
4:30 - Tour of Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology


Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology

Humber North Campus

205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto, ON

Parking available in Lot 1

Interview/ Photo Op:

Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation
John Davies, President, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Darryl Gray, Senior Manager, Education, Toronto and Region Conservation
Melanie Sifton, Director, Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology
EcoCentre teams


About Ontario EcoCentres
The Ontario EcoCentres program has been developed through the collaboration of nine organizations since 2009. Ontario EcoCentres is designed to help education centres to address the issue of climate change. It is a unique certification program that provides a framework for education centres to reduce their carbon footprint by operating more efficiently and sustainably. The program was launched in 2011 and the first 13 pilot centres have received certification. The program is led by Toronto and Region Conservation who works with a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Conservation Halton, Downsview Park, Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology, Peel District School Board, Royal Botanical Gardens, Toronto Zoo, York Region District School Board and Education Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario. For more information please visit:

About Toronto and Region Conservation
With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves more than 22,000 full-time students and 56,000 continuing education registrants. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path. Our 150 full-time programs include four-year bachelor's degrees, two and three-year diplomas, one and two-year certificates, and apprenticeship training. As a founding member of Polytechnics Canada, Humber offers students the opportunity to participate in applied research projects that find solutions for issues confronting small and medium-sized enterprises. Humber is one of 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges as identified by the League for Innovation, and the League's only Canadian board member. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit



Rowena Calpito, Supervisor                  

Media Management, Toronto and Region ConservationT: 416.661.6600 ext.  5632  


Ilena Aldini-Messina

Humber Marketing & Communications
T: 416.675.6622 ext. 5479


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